Pat Angerer knows the drill. Take it slow. Don’t push it.

It’s not the Indianapolis Colts linebacker’s first rehab from surgery on his right foot. An August procedure to insert one screw didn’t do the trick, which meant a January surgery to add another screw.

So the 2011 tackle leader, who missed five games last season and played hurt in the others, is on the mend again as the team began offseason conditioning this week.

“They fixed it up hopefully this time,” he said Wednesday with a grin. “The hard part is just making sure you don’t push it too hard. It’s hard because you want to train, you want to do everything you can, but you’ve got to be smart about it.”

Angerer made a career-high 148 tackles in starting all 16 games two years ago. Last season, after breaking his foot on the first preseason play, he had 28 tackles in 11 games, just three of them starts.

“Playing with a broken foot is kind of a little tough,” said the fourth-year pro from Iowa. “But there’s guys on the team who have played with a lot worse.”
Chapman 'pretty good'

His NFL debut put off one year due to surgery on his left knee, defensive tackle Josh Chapman pronounced himself ready to go.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said the 2012 fifth-round pick out of Alabama. “It feels good to be back out there with the guys.

“It was real tough. All my life, I never sat out a game, really. Sitting out a whole season (was hard) on me. I learned a lot from the older guys, the way they’ve worked.”

Chapman had surgery in January 2012 after the Crimson Tide won the national title. Draft analysts said he fell to the Colts in the fifth round because of the procedure. The Colts were hopeful he could play as a rookie, but they didn’t want to rush him and eventually placed Chapman on injured reserve late last season.

“It’s back to almost feeling normal,” he said. “I just got to get my mind off of it now. During the season, my mind was on it and I wondered if it was all the way healthy. Now, it’s, ‘Let’s go.’ ”

Almost feeling normal?

“There’s no almost. I’m just ready.”